High-speed chase ends with arrest of WR man

WARNER ROBINS — A Warner Robins man led police on a high-speed chase down Interstate 75 and Interstate 475 early Saturday which involved a Bibb County deputy wrecking his patrol car. The chase ended when a Georgia State Patrol trooper forced the man’s black Toyota Tundra pickup off the road, the GSP said.

Tracy Lamar Billingslea, 45, was charged with driving under the influence of drugs, speeding, driving without headlights, fleeing and attempting to elude, obstruction of an officer, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane and speeding in a construction zone, GSP Sgt. Leamon Hughes said.

Billingslea told authorities that he had smoked crack all day long, Hughes said.

The 10-mile chase with speeds reaching up to 125 mph began about 3:30 a.m. when Byron police clocked a speeding motorist headed north on I-75 and called for assistance, Hughes said.

Two troopers joined the chase, with GSP taking the lead. The chase ensued through Peach County, Crawford County and into Bibb County, where a Bibb deputy also joined the pursuit, Hughes said.

After joining the pursuit, Bibb County Deputy Johnny Rowe lost control of his patrol car and collided with a guardrail on I-475. The eight-year sheriff’s office veteran was treated at a local hospital for non-lifethreatening injuries, said sheriff’s office spokesman Sean DeFoe.

The chase went through construction zones where workers were present on I-75 near Hartley Bridge Road and I-475, with the driver hitting barrels in the construction zone.

A GSP trooper forced the driver off the road near mile marker 3 on I-475, Hughes said.

The driver ran into a wooded area, where he attempted to hide but was arrested, Hughes said.

The driver, identified as Billingslea upon his arrest, was being held at the Peach County Law Enforcement Center.

Staff writer Amy Leigh Womack contributed to this report.